For the student

Discussion Questions

  1. Who was the founder of the Mali Empire?
  2. Which city was considered a centre of learning during the Mali Empire?
  3. What is a pilgrimage to Mecca called?
  4. Timbuktu is located near which major river in Africa?
  5. The rulers of the Mali Empire were followers of what religion?
  6. Which was NOT used as currency in the Mali Empire?
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Diamonds
  • Salt

The conversion to Islam of rulers of the kingdom of Ghana and the Mali empire:

  1. stimulated commercial relations with Muslim merchants.
  2. meant that Islamic faith was imposed forcibly on their entire societies
  3. facilitated the export of Christian slaves by these two states to other Islamic countries.
  4. dramatically transformed the role of women in those cultures.
  5. How did Mansa Musa's journey change Mali's position in the eyes of the world?
  6. How did Mansa Musa enhance the kingdom of Mali?
  7. Why did Europe become aware of Mali after Mansa Musa's famous pilgrimage to Mecca?

For the teacher

Worksheets/lesson plans


Have learners create a crossword/ word search puzzle in groups

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